The Bharatiya Janata Party is learnt to have decided to go for an ad hoc arrangement to find a new leader to head its State unit till the Assembly polls.

“The name of the new president will be finalised in about two days in Bangalore and announced by the party central leadership either on Monday or Tuesday. But this will only be a stop-gap arrangement till the Assembly elections,” sources in the party said.

State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, quit the post on Thursday.

BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley is arriving here on Friday night to hold consultations with State leaders. He is expected to commence the deliberations on Saturday.

“Mr. Jaitley will finalise the party’s strategy for the Assembly elections. He will also discuss the appointment of a new president for the party State unit,” the sources said.

Earlier, the party had decided to choose between its MPs Nalin Kumar Kateel and Pralhad Joshi for the top post. However, the list of probable candidates is leant to have grown bigger now with the inclusion of new names including that of the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Minister Govind M. Karjol.

As per the party’s one-man-one-post norm, Mr. Eshwarappa was supposed to quit the post of the president of the party State unit soon after joining the Cabinet. However, the party put off the process of appointment of the new president in the wake of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa severing ties with it to join the Karnataka Janata Paksha.

Leadership change

Meanwhile, the party also wanted to take a call on whether to ask Mr. Eshwarappa to continue in his post or to opt for a new president before launching its Assembly election campaign.

But the announcement of elections to the urban local bodies came in the way as the party did not want to effect a leadership change till the completion of ULB polls, which are expected to be a pointer to the Assembly elections.